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There is a laser-like focus on cool tools and apps these days. Eric Patnoudes encourages you to take a step back and take time to focus on skills.
How do we prepare out students to be 21st century learners? Should we focus on cool tools, or should we focus on skills? This post urges us to focus on skills. Tools come and go, but skills stay.
If you question this concept look at the ISTE NETS for students, which include (and are quoted from the article):
* Improving higher-order thinking skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity
* Preparing students for their future in a competitive global job marke
* Designing student-centered, project-based, and online learning environments
* Guiding systemic change in our schools to create digital places of learning
* Inspiring digital age professional models for working, collaborating, and decision making.
None of these mention a specific tool. As you plan a new lesson rather than focusing on a tool, focus on the skill you want to teach. As you read the Common Core standards the ability to transfer knowledge is evident. If we teach students skills the students will know how to find the best tool!